A story of unbelievable friendship and loyalty…

Even after almost four decades had passed, she would never forget his generosity and wanted to repay it.

Life may not always work out the way we want it to, despite how much we may want it to. And when it comes to this topic, 69-year-old Coy Featherston is the undisputed authority.

When Coy was still in high school, he had no way of imagining that he would one day be in the position that he is in now. As the starting running back for the football team, the recipient of the “Best All Around Boy” award, and one of the most well-liked students at his school, he was having the time of his life.

However, as the years went by, the effects of life began to show. After having a difficult time finding job, Coy eventually ended himself living on the streets. Since the early 1990s and beyond.

Because to the intervention of a long-lost boyhood buddy, he was eventually able to get back on his feet, demonstrating that genuine friendship truly can endure a lifetime.

Coy received a football scholarship to attend the University of Texas when he graduated from high school but he did not stay there for more than a year.

After working as a concert lighting director for a period of 15 years, he began his career by travelling with the legendary musician Frank Zappa. But in 1989, when he was let off from his work, his life took a turn for the worst.

He moved to Atlanta, Georgia in an effort to start afresh, but none of the professions he attempted were a good fit for him. Let’s fast forward to the year 2019: The Austin American Statesman, a local newspaper, published an article on people living on the streets, and a picture of Coy was featured on the front cover of the issue.

When the story was published, Leea Mechling, who had known Coy in middle school, got an email from a friend asking the following question: “Was the Coy Featherston in the picture the same one she grew up with in Corpus Christi?”

It was determined that he was. She spent three fruitless days looking for him until finally locating him outside of St. Austin Catholic Parish, where he was feeding pigeons.

After discovering her companion, Mechling didn’t hesitate. She extended an invitation for Coy to come and stay with her. The news quickly went across the neighborhood in the period of time it took her to pack up all of his possessions.

When they arrived to her home, their friends from their youth had already organized a drive to gather items such as food, shoes, and clothes for Coy. It had been more than 40 years since many of them had seen Coy, but in terms of their relationship, it was almost as if they had just seen each other yesterday.

The group of friends came together to help him out in a number of different ways, including having him dental work done, getting him added to a plan for a mobile phone, and organizing his social security benefits.

Another one of Coy’s longtime pals, Patrick Judd, has launched a GoFundMe page as well.

Within the description, he wrote, in part, “Up until a few weeks ago, he [Coy] was living on the street in Austin as a homeless person. He was without sustenance, a place to sleep, companionship, or affection, and he had none of these things.

No more, though. The campaign significantly exceeded its initial goal of $2,000 and brought in a total of $25,385.

More than sufficient to cover part of Coy’s medical expenses and take him off the streets. Coy was able to begin the process of reconstructing his life with the assistance of his friends and the community.

The outpouring of love and support that Coy has received has filled him with indescribable gratitude.

“I’m not sure whether I would have actually made it through it without the support of my friends, “start making acquaintances right now,” Coy advised, ” You never know when you’re going to need them. Because anything may happen to anybody, you should probably be thankful that you have them”

The story of Coy is an incredible illustration of the unbreakable bond that can be formed through friendship.

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